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Intel’s First SSD is Hot on Performance and Cool on Pricing

Intel is entering the storage market with an ambitious X25-M solid-state drive capable of 250MB/s sustained reads and 70MB/s writes. The drive is so fast that it employs Native Command Queuing (originally designed to hide mechanical hard drive latency) to compensate for latency the SSD encounters in host systems.

Intel lists the idle power consumption of the X25-M at 0.06W and the “typical workload” power consumption as 150mW. This is far lower than any conventional hard drive and relatively comparable to other SSDs. While the X25-M isn’t the world’s fastest storage device across the board, it is among the fastest. And in the areas that it does dominate, it does so unbelievably well. The other great thing? You’ve got one of the world’s fastest hard drives, and it can fit in your notebook. (more…)

  • Published in Computers on 09/09/08
  • Posted by Amey P.

Its Like the RiTEK USB Flash Drive Doesn’t Take Up Any Ports

How many of you have complained about the pitiful number of USB ports there are on a computer?  I myself have used up all of the ports plus a powered hub and still I need more.  Well RiTEK hears your pain, and they have come up with a great solution.  Take a look at the Yego USB Flash Drive.  That’s right, a flash drive that acts as a mini hub for more devices.  Now that pesky problem of where to plug the old flash drives is solved!

But there’s more to the Yego than a splitter!  This flash drive can lock it’s ports and only let in the person with the right password.  This is not file by file, it’s the entire flash drive encoded with a password.  (more…)

Fujitsu Drops the Atom in Their AMILO Mini Ui 3520

To catch the mini notebook wave, Fujitsu Siemens finally unveiled the new AMILO Mini Ui 3520. This small notebook will compete head-to-head with netbooks from other vendors.

The specifications are pretty similar. It uses Intel’s Atom N270 processor. It has an 8.9-inch display, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, a built in microphone with a low-fat weight of 1kg. One thing that stands out from the competition is the removable clip-on covers, available in five different colors. The Mini comes with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and ditches the SSD in favor of the hard drive. The connectivity is pretty impressive, since you can add 3G and Bluetooth through the existing Express card slot, in addition to the integrated WLAN. (more…)

17 Extremely Expensive Gadgets to Fit The Luxurious Lifestyle

If excessive is your motto, you’re gonna love this article. Opting to choose the path of interesting and innovative, we left out be-jewelled phones and diamond encrusted appliances to give you 17 truly expensive and truly unique devices that will surely make your neighbors and other rich cronies drool!

  1. Triton 1000 Luxury Submersible – $1,690,000

    The Triton 1000 is U.S. Submarines’ latest light weight, minimum volume 2-person configuration engineered specifically for deployment from megayachts. With an overall height of 1.8 meters and an overall length of only 3.0 meters the Triton will fit on many mid-level boat decks, and at 3.3 tons it can often be launched with existing davit systems.

    In addition to its megayacht-friendly features, the Triton design provides for excellent visibility and high levels of comfort with luxury leather seating and full air conditioning for your rich and cultured tastes.

    Although the Triton has been designed to be easy to pilot, with intuitive joystick controls and a computer based monitoring system, U.S. Submarine still provides piloting and maintenance training at no additional cost making this multi-million dollar purchase truly worth-it!

  2. The Flying 19XRW Hoverwing Hovercraft – $5,200

    Bored of living the high-life? Then take your cronies along for the ride in this truly unique machine. The UH-19XRW Hoverwing from Universal Hovercraft is a unique hovercraft with wings that allow it to fly up to an altitude of six feet above the earth’s surface. This “ground-effect” enables you to clear obstacles and fly over rough water for a smooth and enjoyable ride. Operating in ground-effect does not require a pilot’s license, and the craft is normally registered as a boat in most areas.

    With it’s wings removed, the Hoverwing is a sleek, high performance hovercraft, able to carry 4 to 6 passengers into brand new areas that can’t be reached with any other vehicle. The Hoverwing can be configured in many different ways to accommodate passengers or equipment needs.

  3. Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana’s Rocket-Belts – $250,000

    These real-life working Rocket Belts are from Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana. And with some impressive moolah, you could be soaring the skies in your very own, custom built Rocket Belt at more than 10 miles an hour. These James Bond looking devices aren’t new, they’re an old idea from the 1960s during which the US Military was looking for ways in which a man or woman could safely cross rivers and ravines quickly.

    Once you’ve plonked down $250,000 for one of these “kerjiggers”, the company will provide you with a fully-tested, custom-made flying rocket belt, a special machine to make our own unlimited supply of rocket fuel, hands-on training in the process and the equipment, flight training of 10 flights in your own rocket belt, maintenance and setup training, and 24/7 expert support. Sounds like a good deal for the adventurous millionaire, and a sure fire way to make even more money by running your own Rocket Man shows!

  4. The Hovering “Lounger” Lounge Chair by HoverIT – $13,366
    This hovering wonder looks like it came straight off a scene of Star Trek but is instead part of HoverIT’s latest range of levitating furniture. This lounge chair uses four extremely powerful permanent magnets to levitate itself above the ground. As you can see, it is made of toughened acrylic that you can place cushions and other niceties to make your lounging experience even more comfortable. HoverIT also claims that the magnetic fields produced by this levitating lounge chair can also soothe headaches and ease muscle and joint pain. Caster wheels are built into the unit to allow you to move it to any desired location.
  5. Luvaglio’s First Luxury Notebook – $1,000,000
    UK-based bespoke luxury goods Game-Guide-Polo creator Luvaglio has created the first million dollar laptop. It incorporates a 17″ widescreen LED backlit screen, 128GB SSD and a slot loading Blue-Ray drive. A very rare coloured diamond piece of jewellery doubles up as the power button when placed into the laptop and also acts as security identification.

    Luvaglio’s initial clients will be chosen for selection as they have already established trust with them. Clients will be able to design their own laptop by visiting Luvaglio’s showrooms at two or three well known upmarket stores, whereby their selection of materials, finishes and accessories will be available to view and a choice selected.

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Samsung is The First to Squeeze 120GB Into A 1.8″ Drive

It looks like it is about as thick as four credit cards stacked one on top of the other, but what it is in reality is the first 120GB 1.8″ USB hard drive. It is known as the SpinPoint N2 from Samsung. It’s other stats are impressive also. At 1.4W and only 300mA it still can spin at an impressive 4200-rpm. That puts its power consumption at just a quarter of the power consumption of a 2.5″ drive.

It performs like a high end drive with it’s fast read and write speeds of 27MB/s and 23MB/s. (more…)

Microsoft to Ditch Laser Mice For Their New Blue Track Technology

Say Goodbye to Laser

Microsoft is set to announce a brand new technology for the mouse. The Hardware Unit from Microsoft will unveil some new products on September 9, and they’ve been teasing us with posters like the one shown above.

Apparently the new technology they’re introducing is called “Blue Track” and is “based on a blue LED combined with a wide-angle lens that’s supposed to work on more surfaces than laser and optical.” (more…)

The ASUS F6 Notebook Smells Good, Literally

Wake up to the smell of your notebook and be invigorated! Huh? That’s the idea behind ASUS’ newest notebook, the F6. It comes in several attractive color schemes, each with their own unique scent.  Apparently, ASUS has infused the notebook with fragrance.

There’s no specific info on how long the scent will last. (more…)

64GB Flash Drives Have Dropped From $5,000 to $111

Perhaps we should be saying “how you’ve shrunk” when we are talking about the price of 64GB flash drives. Reports last May had the 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Pro 2 Series priced at a whopping $5,000 USD. Today, VanDerLed brings the same 64GB in a USB stick that is slimmer, trimmer, and way, way less expensive!  How much for the new leather wrapped MeMe 64GB stick?  Just a slim $111.

I would have hated to be one of the early birds this time around who spent $5,000 for a memory stick now worth a very small fraction of the original price. (more…)

21 Cool and Unusual USB Powered Devices

So you might be like most people, spending all day working in your room or cubicle with the same old stuff plugged into your USB ports. Well today we have put together a list of USB powered devices to help you step outside the box.

Shake things up with these 21 cool and unusual USB powered devices.

    1. USB Powered Air Conditioned Shirt

    This shirt has two fans that circulate air to keep you dry. It has a switch that allows for adjustable fan speed, and can also be powered by four AA batteries in case your USB cable just isn’t long enough.

    USB AC Shirt

    2. USB Powered Dart Launcher

    This USB dart launcher can be aimed and launched with the included control software. Comes with three foam darts and has a range of 15 feet.

    3. The USB Doorbell

    You can choose what songs play when someone pushes the doorbell button with this USB Doorbell. It plays music in both MP3 and WMA format.

    The USB doorbell

    4. USB Podcast Studio

    This USB studio kit includes a professional quality recording mic with a 19mm internal shock mounted diaphragm. Also includes digital audio workstation software and a slick aluminum case.

    5. USB Powered Aquarium

    Contains life-like animated fish that can be fed and played with via an interactive menu. Also has a blue LED nightlight and flowing water current.

    USB Interactive Aquarium


Introducing the Shuttle X27 PC

Nevermind the low energy claims of the Dell Studio or the Mac Mini. A company famed for making small computers, Shuttle, is planning to release an even tinier and greener desktop called the X27.

Shuttle says the new PC will use as little as 23 watts in idle mode, and 36 watts while in use. The X27 falls into the ‘Nettop’ category of low cost desktop PCs, and uses Intel’slow power Atom chip. It also has the bonus of being mighty quiet, reportedly humming along at just 23 decibels — quieter than a “bedroom at night,” according to decibel noise charts. The low noise is matched by a suitably small case which measures 10 inches long, 7 inches wide and 2.75 inches tall. That is about the same size as the Asus’ Eee Box. (more…)